Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fred Couples Beats Billy Andrade in Playoff to Capture Shaw Charity Classic

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fred Couples Beats Billy Andrade in Playoff to Capture Shaw Charity Classic

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Fred Couples wins Shaw Charity Classic

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CALGARY - Heading into the final round of the Shaw Charity Classic, Fred Couples thought he had absolutely no chance of winning the tournament.

Couples then went out and carded a course record 9-under 61 at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club before beating Billy Andrade in a one-hole playoff to take home the winner's share of US$337,500.

"I really wanted to play well and have a shot of winning," said Couples, who finished in a five-way tie for 10th spot at the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic last year. "Obviously last night I didn't think that. I knew I had to come out and have a great, great round, but I never thought I was going to win -- ever."

That all changed when Couples chipped in for eagle from the back of the green of the par-5, 18th hole to move into first place overall at 15 under.

"I landed it right where I wanted to," said Couples, whose round of 61 established a career low. "It was going a little fast, but it obviously hit the pin and went in."

Andrade then tapped in a short putt for an eagle on the 18th to card an 8-under 62 to pull into a tie with Couples through three days of competition at the Champions Tour event.

The pair then went back to the 18th tee for the playoff. Andrade went for the green in two and pulled his second shot right of the green and into the stands.

"I laid up with a wedge and then hit a sand wedge from there," said Couples, who chipped his third shot to within a foot of the hole.

After taking a drop, Andrade's third shot came up about 40 feet short of the hole. After Andrade missed his long putt to the left of the hole, Couples tapped in his birdie putt and received a loud ovation from the large crowd surrounding the 18th green.

"I knew that's what he was going to do and I knew he was probably going to make a four," Andrade said. "I'm literally shocked that that putt missed left for birdie. …

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